SDC Foundation Holds Try It Like This Benefit October 17 | Playbill

Benefits and Galas SDC Foundation Holds Try It Like This Benefit October 17

The evening's line-up features Amber Gray, Michael R. Jackson, Naomi Kakuk, Andy Karl, and more.

Amber Gray, Michael R. Jackson, Naomi Kakuk, and Andy Karl

The one-night-only benefit Try It Like This: Directors and Choreographers Take the Stage, hosted by Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line), takes the stage at 54 Below October 17 at 7:30 PM.  The evening featuring a roster of Broadway favorites supports the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.

Slated to make appearances are Michael Arden (Once on this Island), Stephen Brackett (A Strange Loop), Jonathan Cable (Jersey Boys), Trip Cullman (The Rose Tattoo), Dormeshia (After Midnight), Aaron De Jesus (Jersey Boys), Shadia Fairuz (On Your Feet! National Tour), Amber Gray (Hadestown), Angelique Ilo (The Wedding Singer), Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), Naomi Kakuk (The Producers), Rory Kaplan (Jersey Boys), Andy Karl (Into the Woods), Orfeh (Pretty Woman), CJ Pawlikowski (Jersey Boys), Helen White (The First Noel), Steve H. Broadnax III (Thoughts of a Colored Man), Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive), Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), JoAnn M. Hunter (Disaster!), Anne Kauffman (Marvin’s Room), Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project), Lorin Latarro (Into the Woods), Pam MacKinnon (The Parisian Woman), Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), Leigh Silverman (Soft Power), Susan Stroman (The Producers), Maria Torres (Swing!), Sergio Trujillo (Ain’t Too Proud), and Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful).

Keenan Tyler Oliphant directs the evening, conceived by Jerry Mitchell, leading the creative team which features writer Kate Leonard, music director Rick Hip-Flores, producing associate Sarah Bierstock, and stage manager James Fitzsimmons. Foresight Events will serve as event manager.

Rachel Chavkin, Matt Ross, and Katie Spelman executive produce the event, presented by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation which will receive the proceeds. The three executive producers also serve on the benefit's Host Committee, which also includes Christopher Ashley, Pun Bandhu, Camille A. Brown, Sheldon Epps, Robyn Goodman, Pam MacKinnon, Lonny Price, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Susan Stroman, Seema Sueko, Maria Torres, Beth Williams, and Michael Wilson.

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